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LAW653 Immigration Law Internship

Course Description

This internship program is offered by JFK College of Law in collaboration with the International Institute of the East Bay (IIEB). Founded in 1919, IIEB provides legal and social services for immigrant and refugee communities in the Bay Area, principally those in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

The Institute’s Legal Department provides high-quality assistance to low-income immigrants. Services include workshops and one-on-one consultations, assistance in filing family petitions and citizenship applications, and aiding battered immigrant women to obtain legal status under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act.

In addition to a variety of law office tasks, law students will take responsibility for client cases for applications to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, such as a family reunification, domestic violence, naturalization, or other cases (subject to the approval and supervision of IIEB attorneys).

Excellent people skills, sensitivity to social and cultural dynamics, and a strong commitment to public interest law and social justice are required. Students must have a demonstrated capacity to work respectfully and collaboratively with the given client population, supervising attorneys, and supervising faculty. Ability to speak a language needed to serve the given client population is a significant factor considered for enrollment in this course.

Enrollment only with express approval of faculty.